Tight battle to represent Wairarapa at FMG Young Farmer of the Year Regional Final

Posted by Nadine Porter on 9 November 2016 | Comments

It is expected to be a hotly contested East Coast Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year following a tight battle in the Wairarapa District Contest and Skills Day. 

Farmers Richard Cameron and Henry Reynolds finished first and second and will now duel again at the Regional Final - held on 8th April at Waipukurau against six other finalists. 

A sheep and beef farmer from Masterton, Richard could be heading to a Grand Final if his early form is maintained. His previous experience including competing in a Regional Final before means the plucky 28-year-old will be on everyone's radar. 

Currently he manages 750 hectares including half the family farm and a neighbouring property and runs 6000 stock units. 

That coupled with a Certificate in Agriculture and his experience working on a 250 000-hectare sheep station in Central New South Wales means Richard will have a wide array of skills come the Regional Final. 

Having grown up watching the FMG Young Farmer of the Year, Richard is determined to give it his best shot this year and will no doubt be helped by the fact experienced Grand Finalist Sully Alsop lives right next door. 

When not farming, or competing Richard plays tennis, shows cattle and is a committed member of his local volunteer Rural Fire Brigade. 

But right behind Richard and also in serious contention to reach the Grand Final is 26-year-old Henry Reynolds – a fifth generation sheep, beef and cropping farmer.  

Henry holds a Diploma in Agriculture and a Diploma in Farm Management and has worked in South Canterbury on an arable farm. 

Serious about competing, Henry is trying not to over-think the upcoming regional final. 

"In case I get too nervous about it!" 

Third place in the District Contest and Skills Day went to Federated Farmers territory manager Rebecca O'Neale.  

 

How the FMG Young Farmer of the Year works:  

  

400 contestants will compete in 22 District Contest and Skills Day nation-wide where they can opt to 'Have a Go' which means they cannot progress to the next level – or they can enter competitively.  

56 contestants will compete in seven regional finals from Northern, Waikato-Bay of Plenty, Taranaki-Manawatu, East Coast, Tasman, Aorangi, Otago-Southland from February to April.  

The seven winners of the regional final will go the Grand Final in July 2017 at Manawatu.  

In 49 years only three females have ever made the Grand Final:  

Denise Brown who placed seventh in 1981  

Louise Collingwood who was RUNNER UP and third place in 2003 and 2001  

Katherine Tucker placed seventh in 2012  

For more information please contact Nadine Porter, Communications Manager on 021 2140703 or email nadine.porter@youngfarmers.co.nz 

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